Archaeological discoveries show the different options that have solved human problems over time.
The energy-intensive process of producing cement and concrete contributes significantly to global warming while depleting resources. Much more sustainable alternatives are being developed.
Despite being a major contributor of global carbon emissions, concrete remains a popular construction material. Research suggests this needs to change.
Gravelly Hill Interchange was always meant to be functional, but its cultural life has been rich too.
New breakwater designs and more sustainable materials can cut the carbon cost of coastal defences by 40%.
Glass is produced from sand, is easy to recycle, and can be used to make concrete without any complex processing.
It’s too hot for bare feet, but that doesn’t mean you can cook a fry-up on the path outside your house. A frying pan is a much better tool for the job, because it conducts heat far more efficiently.
A bipartisan group of senators said it reached a deal on $550 billion in new spending on infrastructure.
Structures are built to withstand a normal range of conditions. But what’s ‘normal’ is changing rapidly.
De-icing salts help us get around in winter, but they corrode cars, crack roads and contaminate rivers and lakes. Scientists are working to develop better options by imitating natural antifreezes.
What if roads and bridges could signal structural problems that need repair?
Using sustainable cement would shift Earth Overshoot Day back by 10 days.
As sand markets boom, entrepreneurs, organized crime and others are cashing in — leaving widespread environmental damage in their wake.
Our climate is changing – and so must architecture.
‘Use the reinforced concrete, Luke.’
The cement needed to make concrete – the most widely used man-made material – is a major source of global emissions. Researchers are working on a green replacement that could transform the sector.
Often described by critics as dehumanising, depressing and oppressive, Brutalism is having a moment – especially on social media.
The research has been done. The evidence is in. We know how to create cities that are sustainable, liveable and affordable. But we have yet to apply that knowledge widely across Australian cities.
The damage to the dam holding back a reservoir just a mile from the nearest town downriver should focus minds on ensuring civil infrastructure is maintained.
Air conditioning requires energy, and contributes to global warming – here are five ways of cooling which won’t cost the planet.